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    The Energy Air team is nearing completion of the HVAC system at the new Faith Assembly of God church in Orlando. We are currently performing equipment start-up and finishing trim-out of the 290,000 square foot facility.

    This design-build project began when the owner’s representative had budgeting issues with the original design. Energy Air was brought on board to team with the original, out-of-state engineer for the design-build HVAC scope.

    The project includes a main classroom building, two, three-story structures including the new sanctuary and wedding chapel, and a round rotunda that connects all three buildings; a whopping six acres of conditioned space!

    At the request of the general contractor, the Energy Air design-build team revised the system using smaller, more cost-effective equipment and minimized the overall construction process.

    The return air system was redesigned in order to eliminate the corridor-rated ceiling requirement, providing substantial savings to the owner. The new system eliminated numerous fire-smoke dampers by locating units on each side of the corridor, minimizing penetrations through the rated corridor walls.

    Cost Savings

    • We proposed a valuable VE option to eliminate return air plenums and used fiberglass return and fiberglass low pressure ductwork.
    • A tremendous amount of electrical, fire alarm, drywall and mechanical savings was achieved with the elimination of fire-smoke dampers.
    • The redesign utilized smaller, less load-bearing roof top unit sizes (50-ton to 5-ton), allowing for a reduction in structural requirements.
    • Upfront coordination minimized the number of constructability change orders.

    Mechanical contract: Approximately $2 million

    Scope: Design-build of HVAC system for approximately 290,000 square feet including the main classroom building, two, three-story structures and a round rotunda connecting all three buildings for a local Orlando church.

    Engineer: Pond Creek Designs

    Owner’s Rep / GC: Sonlight Construction

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